U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow Greg Mullenholz will host a roundtable discussion on strengthening the teaching profession with students and faculty from various colleges and universities in South Carolina on Monday, May 7. The conversation is part of a series of discussions that the Department's Teaching Ambassador Fellows are having with educators from across the country on the Administration's RESPECT projectRecognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching. The roundtable will offer an opportunity for students and teachers to share with the Department their ideas, experience, feedback and insight on how to elevate the teaching profession and support student learning.
The students are part of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, which provides a four-year scholarship to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership skills. During their four years in the program, these education majors must meet academic requirements, attend meetings, and participate in various volunteer and community activities. When the students graduate from college, they are obligated to teach at least four years in a South Carolina public school. The attendees will represent a range of institutions, including Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina (Columbia), University of South Carolina Upstate, Winthrop University and Newberry College.
RESPECT is a national conversation led by 2011-2012 Teaching Ambassador Fellowsactive educators selected by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve as the "voice of teachers" within the Department each school yearto help inform and support the Obama Administration's efforts to elevate and strengthen the teaching profession. This roundtable will offer an opportunity for teachers to share their ideas, experience, feedback and insight on how to elevate the teaching profession. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the RESPECT Project in February 2012. Since then, the Department's Teacher Ambassador Fellows have held nearly 100 roundtables with more than 1,300 teachers from across the country.
The Obama Administration's 2013 budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. The proposal touches on every phase of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.